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Top Tourist Places to visit in Kullu Manali

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Located at the banks of the Beas River, Kullu valley is home to the picturesque towns of Kullu and Manali. Due to their close proximity, they are often considered as a single destination. The valley is known for its amazing hills and the various temples and sight-seeing locations attract a huge number of visitors each year.

Here’s the list of the best places you must visit in Kullu-Manali.

Hadimba Temple
Hadimba Temple
Situated atop a hillock the Hidimba Devi Temple is surrounded by thick deodar forests and was built in 1553. The temple is dedicated to the Rakshasa Hidimba who was also the wife of the Pandava Bhima. The temple structure is built in a distinctive architectural style that somewhat crosses Indian architecture with the one employed in the Buddhist monasteries. The structure is made primarily of wood and 70 meters from the temple also lays the temple dedicated to Ghatotkacha, the son of Bhima and Hidimba and a hero of the Mahabharatha war.

Solang Valley
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Solang valley is also known as the ‘Snow Point’ and is famous for hosting various winter adventure sports like skiing, parachuting and paragliding etc. The Solang Valley is located at an average altitude of 2,560 meters above sea level and is also one of the favorite trekking hotspots in the region. The views from the point are magnificent and give views to snow capped peaks and glaciers.

Rohtang Valley
Rohtang Valley

One of the most famous and turning on spots is Rohtang Valley. This place is 3,978 mt. above sea level and very popular for trekking activities. Manali is the main gateway to Rohtang Pass where twin valley of Spiti and Lahaul lies beyond it. This valley remains open from April to October every year. Due to heavy snowfall, it is entry is restricted after the month of October and the permission for trekking is only given by Indian army, after the snow is fully cleared. The same road connects to Ladakh from Manali. During early morning in summer and late autumn after 11:00 AM or mid-day, the top of the Rohtang pass is at times open to break snowstorms.

Vashist Hot Water Spring
Vashist Hot Water Spring

This place is around 6 kms away from Manali and it gives a pleasant view of the river Beas. It is famous for hot water springs, which come out of the granitic deposits and cover a huge part of the Himalayas. Huge number of people visit these hot springs every year to take a dip. One tank is also reserved over there especially for women of the locality. However, Vashist Hot Water Spring is a main source of water for several tourist destinations in and around Manali.

Tibetan Monasteries
Tibetan Monasteries

Due to huge population of Tibetan people settled in Kullu region, Tibetan Monasteries have been built up in Manali. The monasteries are very rich in maintaining the Tibetan’s culture. The literature and handicrafts of the Tibetans are kept in the monasteries. Also, the Lord Buddha statue is kept in the monastery. It is run by the locals who gather funds by donations. The main feature of this spot is Tibetans handicraft’s items and the carpets that are woven and sold in the monastery. So, this spot is known as one of the most famous Manali tourist attraction for tourists.

FOOD

Dham
Dham

On your trip to Manali don’t miss out on the traditional elaborate fare called Dham, which is usually cooked during wedding ceremonies in Himachal Pradesh. It often includes rice, curry, curd and sweetened rice among other things. Often served as a special lunch, you will find it at many local food joints.

Red Rice
red rice

Grown locally, the red rice available at restaurants and dhabas in Manali has a unique nutty flavour. Generally served with a local variety of kidney beans, and saag (a green leafy vegetable dish), it makes for a simple and hearty meal.

Shopping

Old Manali Market
Old Manali Market

Wander through the cobblestoned pathways of the quaint village of Old Manali, and explore its small shopping area known as Old Manali Market.

Tibetan Market
tibetan market

Manali’s Tibetan Market is the perfect place to pick up some Tibetan artefacts and souvenirs. Known for its hand-woven carpets, intricately designed rugs, shawls and other woollen apparels.